By Dr. Thomas Incledon
My friends know I am a huge fan of Ronnie Coleman, who won Mr. Olympia eight times in a row, and recommended I watch a documentary about him.
After watching it, what made me sad was knowing how much damage his body has. And, now, hearing he’s had to undergo surgery for his hip because he was in so much pain and his range of motion was so limited makes me even more sad.
I Know How Ronnie Coleman Feels
I’d like to reach out and tell him about the strategies and technologies that can help people with spine or hip issues to feel better.
It would be my honor to help Ronnie Coleman. I’ve always been so excited by his strength. He could lift 800 pounds and is considered to be the best bodybuilder in history. Sure, Arnold Schwarzenegger made bodybuilding popular, but he wasn’t the best.
Back Pain: What are the causes of back pain?
For people like Ronnie Coleman, back pain is a result of years of abuse on the body due to extensive and repetitive movements and stress on the joints caused by weightlifting. But, for most people causes of back pain may not be related to physical activity at all and include:
- Arthritis. Osteoarthritis commonly affects the lower back. Over time, arthritis in the spine can cause spinal stenosis, which is a condition characterized by back pain and numbness in the extremities caused a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord.
- Bulging or ruptured disks. If a disk in your spine begins to bulge or ruptures, it can press on a nerve causing back pain. Because disks are designed to provide cushioning between vertebrae, issues with disks are common causes of back pain.
- Muscle or ligament strain. This is likely a contributing factor of back pain for Ronnie Coleman. Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden, traumatic movement can strain muscles and ligaments in the back.
- Osteoporosis. This condition causes the bones to become brittle and break down, which can cause compression on the spine resulting in fractures. The tiny breaks can cause back pain.
- Skeletal irregularities. Things such as scoliosis or a curving of the spine can lead to back pain, especially in middle age.
Back Pain: Why did Ronnie Coleman choose surgery?
From decades of experience, I know that when back pain becomes chronic, it can be debilitating. It’s tough because when people are hurting, all they want is back pain relief. But you have to understand all of the tools that are available to you before you choose surgery.
I always think about it like this: if the situation is not life-threatening, that option of surgery will always be there, but it doesn’t have to be your first step. Often, with exercises, physical therapy, and the use of some pretty cool medical technologies, we can help people find back pain relief without medication or surgery.
The other thing about surgery is that it does not always give you the results you’re really after, which is back pain relief. And, on top of that, you have the expense of surgery and the aftermath of healing from surgery and taking the time off of work.
Back Pain: What are options for back pain treatment?
We all know that pain doesn’t care about the cause, but our team at Causenta does. Once we know the root causes of back pain, we can create a customized plan to get patients feeling and moving better than ever. Some back pain treatment options might be a time commitment, but they can lead to long-term wellness without the use of pain killers.
To treat back pain, we might need to decrease inflammation. We have electromagnetic and laser technologies that can help with that. Also, a lot of foods can cause inflammation in the body. Our nutritionists can work with you to develop a diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables that will decrease inflammation and help provide back pain relief.
Back Pain: How is the brain involved?
We might need to look at how the brain is processing signals from the body. Back pain treatment can be inversion therapy. For this, we set the intensity of a workout to help someone deadlift while minimizing damage, keeping people healthier, and preventing back pain. Plus, it’s less expensive in the end and doesn’t have down time.
The key to this is that back pain treatment tools all have a function, just like a hammer or screwdriver, but you need an experienced and knowledgeable provider who knows how to use the tools to provide back pain relief no matter the diagnosis.
Back Pain: Is there a solution for back pain treatment at home?
I always tell people, even if you don’t live near Causenta, we can help you. All you have to do is schedule a phone consult. During this conversation, we will get to understand how back pain is affecting your life. We will ask you if you are aware of any causes of back pain and recommend some strategies to try for back pain relief.
After that initial conversation, you can hire our team as a consultant via Skype or phone to continue with your back pain treatment at home. This works well for people with limited time, money, or inability to travel. Our experts will still create a back pain relief plan for you based on the equipment and resources available in your home or at local facilities.
Back Pain Relief at Causenta
If you have the means, I recommend coming here to the Causenta facility for a period of time. Most people usually come for one to three days to jump start a back pain relief program. Most people, when they do come, wish they could stay for longer and leave feeling the best they’ve felt ever – or at least as well as they’ve felt in a very long time.
If your back pain is related to cancer, those patients stay six weeks or more to ensure treatment strategies are effective and we are beating the cancer and the back pain it is causing. I’ve even had some cancer patients move to be closer to Causenta and the exemplary care we provide.
If you suffer from back pain and want to explore more about a customized back pain treatment plan, contact us today. Our goal is to provide patients solutions for back pain relief without surgery or medication. We want to get you on the path to feeling great!
About the Author: Dr. Thomas Incledon is the founder and CEO of Causenta Wellness and the Causenta Cancer Treatment Center in Arizona. As a former weightlifter turned scientist, Dr. Tom is focused on helping patients feel their best and live long, happy lives.
From working with NFL, MLB, MMA, world-class athletes and even as the White House health advisor, his reputation of personalized medicine and cutting-edge technologies has put him on the map for caring for some of the most powerful people in the world, making him one of the most sought-after healthcare professionals of all times.